Charity Partner 2017-07-23T18:13:23+00:00

Register for World Photo Day

Participate in Canberra’s largest photography celebration and competition.

Register Now

Pre-Order our Photo Book

Pre-Order the “Our City: Canberra” Photo Book and support the CPA

Pre-Order the Photo Book

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Cerebral Palsy Alliance in the ACT was established 25 years ago consisting of a fundraising and referral office located in Dickson and families with children who had cerebral palsy were referred to our center in Sydney.

In 2004, following the move to Mt Rogers Community Centre, Cerebral Palsy Alliance was able to offer services in Canberra, and finally, children with cerebral palsy and allied conditions could be seen by a locally based team of professional therapists. Families no longer had to travel to Sydney, making arrangements for siblings to be taken care of, finding accommodation and incurring travel expenses.

In 2014 we were fortunate to move into our very own purpose-built center in Scullin offering services in Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Exercise Physiology.

When Max (Above) was almost 12 months old, we made an appointment for an intake meeting at Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The intake meeting exceeded our expectations.

After going to so many appointments and leaving with a sense of loss Cerebral Palsy Alliance made us feel positive about what Max can achieve. It was a relief to have an open discussion about Max’s abilities as well as his current and future needs.

Fiona, Mum of Max • Canberra

What is Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a permanent disability which affects movement. Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy – that means one in five hundred babies. There is no known cure and for most the cause is not fully understood.

  • Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in children – 1 in 500

  • Every year another 700 Australian children are diagnosed

  • Current estimate in ACT of people living with cerebral palsy is over 1000

  • Cerebral palsy ranges from a weakness in one hand to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement.

The Impact

Cerebral palsy is a permanent disability which affects movement. Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy – that means one in five hundred babies. There is no known cure and for most the cause is not fully understood.

  • 1 in 3 is unable to walk

  • 1 in 4 will need a wheelchair

  • 3 in 5 have a speech impairment

  • 3 in 4 experience pain

  • 1 in 4 has epilepsy

  • 1 in 2 has an intellectual impairment

  • 1 in 10 has significant visual impairment

Register for World Photo Day
Donate to Cerebral Palsy Alliance